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disaster relief. the advanced technology relief program was started in 2008 to re-invigorate american manufacturing. it was awarded $3.5 billion to promote advanced energy and component parts. 9 department of energy estimates the loan guarantees have created or maintained 39,000 jobs in california, delaware, illinois, indiana, kentucky, kentucky, kentucky, ohio, ohio, ohio, michigan, missouri and tennessee. some have suggested that this program has been slow to spend emergency funding provided in the f.y. 2000 c.r. the loan process ought to be strenuous. one company originally applied in 2006 and received an a.t.v.
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loan in 2010 and required four years of due diligence and reviewed to qualify for the loan. republicans seem to be shoing an ultimate umh. expedite the review process. by the way, the company in question employed 400 employees before receiving the loan. today they have 1,400 employees in the field of engineering research and development, design, manufacturing, assembly, maintenance and service, sales and support. the program has an additional 18 loan applications in progress that are projected to create 50,000 to 60,000 more jobs in california, florida, illinois, indiana, louisiana, michigan, missouri and ohio. one pending application would support investments at 11 plants
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in illinois, indiana, michigan and ohio. the company employs over 56,000 workers having added 9,000 new workers in 2009. some of these jobs will be at risk because of this offset. this is not the time to put american manufacturing jobs at risk. and that is why the national association of manufacturers expressed their support for the program in a letter to the senate dated september 223 noting that the program is an example of what government industry partners can accomplish and has helped and create thousands of auto sector jobs. the n.a.m. believes the funding atvm will hurt manufacturers and their employees and the chamber of commerce agrees with them. now i think it's time to stay
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with our position and vote no and get a clean c.r. that's what i asked the committee to do. we need a clean c.r. and don't need this offset and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky. . mr. rogers: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. wolf. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. wolf: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise in strong support of h.r. 2698, to provide the continuing resolution for the initial weeks and i want to be sure that we keep the government open and by passing this bill we will keep the government open. this bill is needed to keep vital government services and programs operating past the end of the fiscal year on september 30. as the gentleman from kentucky has stated, the committee on appropriations has made great progress in moving 11 of the 12 annual bills. however, additional time is needed for the consideration of
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the other. this continuings remainlusion for anyone who questions it conforms to the spending reduction targets that were agreed to by the house, the senate and the white house. it's exactly the same number and so no reason to vote against this. specifically the bill sets an annual rate that reduces overall discretionary spending by $1.5 -- 1.5% from fiscal year 2011. in addition, the bill provides disaster funding to provide much-needed assistance to individuals, communities suffering from hurricane and flood damage. the state of virginia has been hit as many others. i urge all my colleagues to vote for this bill. by voting for the bill we will keep the government open, the american people sometimes think this institution and this town is dysfunctional. we can assure that we can do our work, pass this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. dicks: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, the ranking member on
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the homeland security appropriations subcommittee and former chair, mr. price. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes. mr. price: mr. speaker, here we go again. just yesterday this continuing resolution failed because of widespread concerns with the plan to offset disaster relief funding from a key department of energy program. one day later we're having the exact same debate. the only thing that's changed is that the republican majority has decided this time to target two energy department programs instead of one. when it failed yesterday, house republican leaders faced a basic decision. they could give up their efforts to hold disaster funding hostage to another partisan budget battle by removing the offset and passing the bill with a broad bipartisan majority. or they could make the measure even more extreme, in order to cater to the most radical members of their party, without concern for the fact that fema
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is just days away from running out of money and communities around the country are waiting desperately for the support that's been promised them. now anybody who's been watching this congress for the last eight months should not be the least surprised by the majority's decision. once again, republicans have put partisan ideology ahead of the dire needs of the american people and are risking yet another destabilizing standoff over spending cuts in the process. so now we're debating and you martial law rule a bill that -- under a martial law rule a bill that is even worse than it was yesterday. it still seeks to pay for emergency disaster relief needs by taking money from a major job-creating program at the department of energy. as i said in this chamber yesterday, this is a radical departure from the way we have treated emergency disaster relief in the past. over the past 10 years congress has approved 16 supplementals that included emergency funding for fema disaster relief in
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response to disasters such as 9/11, katrina, rita, gustav and ike and floods on the mississippi, missouri and other rivers. none of these emergency appropriations for the disaster relief fund were paid for with cuts to other federal programs. yesterday i heard several of my friends on the other side of the aisle claim that we've offset disaster assistance numerous times over the past decade. this is simply not accurate. some of the supplemental bills that included disaster relief also included offsets. these offsets were used to pay for entirely separate programs, never for fema's disaster relief fund. as i said yesterday, this instistence on offsets is bad precedent and it's bad policy. it leaves disaster-affected communities in the lurch while undermining our economic recovery, by cannibalizing an energy department program that stands to add tens of thousands of good-paying jobs in an industry critical to our future
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economic competitiveness. and it goes even further than that. by including a gratuitous and arbitrary rescission to another department of energy loan program, a change aimed at scoring political points against the president and winning tea party votes, but it has very little to do with balancing the budget or providing relief for those in need. moreover, rather than approving a bill that would win passage in the senate, we are now sending over a measure that the senate majority is on record opposing. causing more economic uncertainty, risking yet another manufactured crisis. so, mr. speaker, i once again urge colleagues to oppose this measure, to support the senate's approach to disaster relief instead, which would fully fund fema's needs without holding them hostage to another partisan budget battle. i yield back the balance of my time. reserve the balance of my time, i'm sorry. reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman from washington -- the gentleman from washington controls the time. the gentleman from north carolina yields his time back. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i yield two minutes to the chairman of the homeland security subcommittee on appropriations, the gentleman from alabama, mr. ard holt. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized for two minutes. mr. aderholt: i thank the distinguished chair for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of this must-pass resolution. this c.r. not only keeps the government operating but it provides a substantial infusion of desperately needed funding totaling $3.65 billion for disaster relief and emergency flood control efforts. that's funding to sustain disaster relief efforts in hard-hit states all across this nation, including the devastation that hit my home state of alabama back in april of this year. that's funding to address the record flooding up and down the mississippi river and along the east coast resulting from
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hurricane irene. that's funding to help tens of thousands of people who have lost virtually everything but the shirts on their back. mr. speaker, the time for talk and the time for politicking is over. it's time to pass this vital resolution, provide our nation with necessary disaster relief funding, avert a government shutdown, allow congress to scrub the administration's full disaster supplemental request, provide the needed oversight and complete the work on the f.y. 2012 budget. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this vital resolution and responsibly address our nation's most pressing needs. i thank the chairman for yielding and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. dicks: i yield four minutes to the distinguished gentleman from indiana, the ranking member of the energy and water appropriations subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from indiana is recognized for four minutes. >> i thank the gentleman for yielding and i rise in opposition to the measure. during debt bait on the rule on this measure, joplin, missouri, was mentioned quite often. but i would mention that there is an emergency as far as tuscaloosa, alabama's, concerned and iowa is concerned, cairo, illinois, is concerned, springfield, massachusetts, certainly joplin, missouri. mr. visclosky: smithfield, mississippi, states like vermont , subsequent to the rains and floods of this spring we've had earthquake, we've had wildfires, we've had hurricanes. the current need of the army corps is about $2.257 billion so the first observation i would make is the offsets that are set aside in this bill are certainly inadequate to cover that amount. but there is a further emergency
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in this country and that is the fact that as of august of this year there were $13,967 -- 13,967,000 americans without work. in the year 2000, 8% of the people who live in a great state of indiana were living in poverty. today 16% of the people in the state of indiana are living in poverty. and for those we represent who are working today for one hour's worth of their labor, they're making 53 cents less today in real purchasing power than they did in 1977. today there are 6,643,000 less americans working at manufacturing, making a living wage, than there were in 1977. so the response is, let's take
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$1.5 billion out of an investment account where there are still 10 pending applications to try to make cars in this country more efficiently, more fuel efficient and more desirable for consumers, but earlier tonight we heard, don't worry, the chinese are going to help our car companies with financing. i'm affronted by that possibility. that's why we need this $1.5 billion, so maybe we could still make cars in the united states of america without the help of the chinese government. i think this is a wrong-headed approach. and then let's pile on, there's obviously a controversy about a solar company in california. i think perhaps it is a matter to be considered not only by oversight in the united states congress but the justice department. but that's not a decision for us to make if wrong doing has occurred. but you know what? let's take it out on somebody else.
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let's make sure there's not money available for other legitimate companies who are trying to increase jobs in this country and who are trying to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. that wasn't the response i saw in this body in 2008. we had the major financial institutions of this country drive our economy into the ground. did we ask them to give back their tax advantages? did we punish them in any way? we gave them money. we gave them money. we should at least pick on somebody our own size. we didn't ask anybody in iraq or afghanistan whether or not they needed an offset for emergency money for schools, for hospitals, for bridges. the people in joplin, the people in vermont, the people in these other communities, they need our help now, traditionally we have recognized emergency, we have declared the emergency, we have
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helped them out. and when bill clinton was president of the united states we declared emergencies like this on three occasions, in 1998, 1999 and 2001. and we balanced the budget. i oppose this measure. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i yield three minutes to a brand new member of this body, mr. speaker, mr. marino of pennsylvania. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for two minutes. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, that's three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. marino: my father taught me a long time ago not to make a speech or give an opinion unless i thought it was an important. i think tonight it's important and i hope that you also think it's important.
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i would never question anyone's motive and ideals, however we are here tonight to meet the immediate needs of the people that we represent. this vote is not about politics, this vote is not about republicans or democrats. this vote is not about cut or not cut. this vote is about coming to the aid of the american people whom we represent. the people who have been devastated by floods, people like friends and neighbors, seniors and children in the 10th congressional district of pennsylvania and on the east coast. it is heartbreaking and it is heart wrenching. you must see it firsthand to understand it. the federal government's main purpose is to protect its citizens from disaster, both from terrorism and from natural disasters.
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my staff and i stood in mud, waist and stagnant water over the last three weeks along with families who lost everything. furniture, clothes, photos, toys stacked out of their homes that were destroyed or condemned. if each of you stood where i stood, i know in my heart that because you are compassionate, this bill would have been passed by now. i tried to comfort children who were sitting in cars or on car rooftops and in truck bets -- beds because they could not get into their home that was condemned and filled with the same stagnant mud and water and waste and snakes that were outside their homes. i talked to grown men that were crying because their homes were destroyed and asked me, where am i going to safely put my family tonight? a little girl not more than 8
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years old asked me, where -- asked me where she was going to sleep because she no longer had her bed and her bedroom in which she and her sister slept. . seniors were trapped because the first floor was flooded. small businesses were completely wiped out. i plead with you, i implore you, i breg you to pass this -- i beg you to pass this flood relief for people who do not have the basic comforts that we have. the american people are depending on us to get a hand up and they deserve our immediate attention. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from washington. mr. dicks: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the ranking member of the commerce, justice,
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science subcommittee, mr. fattah of pennsylvania. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for two minutes. mr. fattah: if we could have a vote, every member of this chamber would cast a vote in the affirmative. what we are asking to do tonight is choose between tens of thousands of jobs for americans who desperately need them and a limited amount of disaster relief. that is not a fair choice. and i guess the majority wasn't happy with the polling that showed only 12% of the public think congress is doing a good job and we are trying to get into the single digits. what we need to do is to do our work. now, this isn't a program where ford motor company borrowed $4.9
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million to put people to work in michigan, illinois, kentucky, missouri and ohio. this is a program that's working that taxpayer money is paid back through the loan guarantees. national association of manufacturers in today's national journal says that we now as we have, lead the world in manufacturing, with 21% of globally manufactured products. but china is now in second place at 15 and japan has dropped to third at 12. why would we want to concede our leadership in this world in manufacturing? the republican decade in the bush white house, we lost 350,000 manufacturing jobs. saw tens of jobs closed down in our nation. now this administration, people talk about the number in august,
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but let's look at the entire 20 months of the obama recovery. 2. billion less, by increases consistently in manufacturing. i ask that we reject this c.r. and hope the majority would come to the house with an approach that would respond to the disasters we face without asking us to put more americans out of work. thank you. mr. rogers: i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from missouri for three minutes. ms. emerson: mr. speaker, i rise in support of the resolution. it is a responsible measure. it makes good on the promises we must keep to members of our military, to our veterans and to americans who rely upon the
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essential functions of the federal government. it cares for the needs of millions of americans who have suffered from the effects of drafmentic natural disasters, including the folks in my state of missouri who live in joplin and live along the mississippi, who live along the missouri river in the northern part of our state. these folks can't wait another day for help because people are playing politics with this bill. the house and the appropriations committee are dedicated to a responsible process and this bill reflects the amount of time needed to complete that work. i think we've realized this year on both sides of the aisle that we have to bring the size and spending of the federal government into line with
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reality. in hearings and markups that we have conducted in the house and in the negotiations to make specific and significant spending cuts not only this year but also in the next 10 and through the budget process, we have laid the groundwork for a new era of stewardship for taxpayer dollars. in addition to our covenant with the military and families depending on us and for americans who are really suffering from true emergencies who have devastated their homes like mr. marineo said and besides this, we have a responsibility to the american taxpayer to future generations who cringe at the size of our debt and our deficit. mr. speaker, this allows us to work in good faith and make good on our promises and
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responsibilities and i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to once again put politics aside and support this bill tonight. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. mr. dicks: how much time does both sides have? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington has 14 1/2 minutes and the gentleman from kentucky has 18 minutes left. mr. dicks: i yield myself such time as i may utilize. today was a dramatic day on the stock market. the dow jones dropped 500 points because investors are worried that we are headed into a second recession. and what do we get from the majority party is to cut out a bill -- cut out a program that creates jobs. it's already created the
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advanced technology vehicle manufacturing program and already created 39,000 jobs and going to create another 39,000 with the 2.5 billion and what we are taking out of there would create another 10,000 jobs. the only way we are going to get unemployment down is to put people back to work. and here we are again, after savaging all these other programs, cutting people out of the public sector, we are going to cut out automobile jobs. let me read what the national association of manufacturers which isn't an organ of the democratic party. it is the largest trade association in the united states, representing over 11,000 small, medium and large manufacturers in all 50 states. we are the leading voice for the
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manufacturing economy, which provide millions of jobs in the u.s. 2/3 of our members are small businesses, which serve as the engine for job growth. our mission is to enhance the competitiveness of manufacturers and approve american living standards by shaping a legislative and regulatory environment conducive to economic growth. it is write ig to express its support for the program. this is the program that we are taking $1.45 billion authorized under the energy and security act of 2007, with bipartisan support and signed into law by prarb. the atvm program is an example of what industry partnerships can accomplish. it has preserved thousands of auto sector jobs and put our
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nation on a path of greater energy security. we believe defunding will hurt manufacturers and employees. if you had to go out and find a business group in this country that has more credibility, i don't know what it would be. it's the national association of manufacturers. the chamber of commerce, which is not an organ of the democratic party, it says as congress sets spending priorities, the chamber wishes to highlight porl facts about the loan program. the loan program was supported by both republicans and democrats as an important step on reducing america's dependence on oil. second, atvm loans, which will be repaid with interest and
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incentivize to build more fuel-efficient vehicles in the u.s., providing new opportunities for american workers in a and use the funds appropriated for the program is not the fault of industry. loan applications have been in the pipeline waiting for it to complete its due diligence and that line started in the previous administration. so this is a jobs program. i say to the gentleman from pennsylvania, we want to take care of those people with disasters. we want to take care of them. we also want to provide jobs for americans who are unemployed. if i were in your shoes, i would support jobs for workers and also take care of those people who are suffering because of the disasters. these are republican-leaning
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organizations. they get it. just vote no and let's get a clean bill and do the right thing for the country. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i yield three minutes to the chairman of the interior appropriations subcommittee, mr. simpson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. simpson: i love listening to the gentleman from washington's debate. if the gentleman wants to create jobs in this country, we can create hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs if we'll start getting oil drilling back in the gulf. we can -- the gentleman talked about -- the gentleman talked about not being rely ant on oil. there are rigs in the coast of africa because they can't get
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permitted in the gulf. join us on that and let's create millions of jobs. the gentleman talked about -- he doesn't understand how people could change their vote. people actually sometimes learn more information and decide that they were wrong the time before and now they'll change their vote, just like some people on that side of the aisle who issue press releases saying they were going to support this c. rmple, changed their mind. that's ok. >> would the gentleman yield? mr. simpson: i would be happy to yield. i listened. reclaiming my time. reclaiming my time. mr. simpson: i rise in support of this continuing resolution and vital to keep our government in the next seven weeks.
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it is worth reminding members that this c.r. reduces spending from last year's enacted levels and saves taxpayers billions of dollars. voting against this c.r. is a vote for more spending. if you want to reduce government spending, you should vote for this c.r. it's pretty simple, fema's coffers are about to run dry and no such thing as a republican natural disaster or democrat natural disaster. the congress shouldn't hold up disaster assistance and we need to get relief to those in need as quickly as humanly possible. i have to tell you in all honesty. i'm not one of those people who believes we have to offset every emergency. we have done some in the past. but in the past we have not had a $14 trillion deficit.
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that's the danger to this country, $14 trillion deficit and the $1.6 trillion we add to it every damn year. now, i got to admit in is only a billion dollars. i heard one member say it was nickels and dimes. in idaho, it isn't nickels and dimes. we didn't get into this situation a trillion dollars, but got here a million and billion dollars at a time and that's how we will get out of this situation. but let's do our job and do what's right for the country and get this deficit under control and if we can offset it, let's offset. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will remind the members to refrain from using pro fan ti on the floor of the house.
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the gentleman from washington. mr. dicks: i yield four minutes to the distinguished ranking member, mr. markey of massachusetts. . mr. markey: this is not a debate over compassion. this is not a debate over who cares more about the people in joplin or the people in vermont. that -- mr. dicks: there are people over on both sides who are not conducting them in a parliamentary fashion. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. markey: this is a debate about what the republicans, what the tea party has decided to use as an excuse, as a guise to finish off the revolution that the democrats had put in place
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that changes our relationship where we get our energy from. big oil and big coal have fought solar, wind, all electric vehicles, biomass, geothermal, that entire revolution because they know that it will eat into their profits. and so a disaster occurs that each of us wants to respond to. the republicans responding to the oil and coal industry said, this is our chance to kill the revolution that makes it possible to have vehicles go 50, 60, 80, 100 miles a gallon without oil, no oil. that makes it possible for us to have wind and solar generate the
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electricity that will fuel those vehicles, without sending greenhouse gases up into the atmosphere which is changing our climate and leading to these storms, leading to these floods, leading to these disasters, that they need fema, need the relief that we give to these families. so they take the chance, they take the opportunity to kill the very programs which are the solution to these disasters which are being created here in our country and around the world. the agenda of big oil and big coal. and temerity of it all is that they know that the automotive program has already created 39,000 jobs in our country over the last three years and that this one cut that they're talking about tonight will kill 10,000 jobs over the next year.
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in the solar industry, and by the way they cut out $100 million in solar and wind guarantees as well. right now, ladies and gentlemen, there are 85,000 jobs in the wind industry, almost all of them created in the last four years. there are 85,000 jobs in the coal industry. in other words, in the last five years wind now equals the entire coal industry. there are 100,000 jobs in the solar industry and last year we were a net exporter to china, 100,000 jobs in solar. 85,000 jobs in wind. and it is the future, the oil industry laid off 20,000 employees over the last three years. let us talk here about the future, about young people, about this planet, about backing up the oil from opec so we can tell them we don't need their
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oil anymore than we need their sand. that's what this debate is about tonight. and under the guise with these congress dial tears of how much they care -- crocodile tears of how much they care about the victims, as though it's any greater than on our side, they use it as the guise to kill these programs. that's what it's all about tonight. that's why we're angry. that's what this is all about. and we resent -- i yield to the gentleman from washington state. mr. dicks: isn't it true that these alternative energy programs all create jobs? i yield him one additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. dicks: don't they create jobs, these alternative energy programs? so instead of just having the automobile program that creates jobs cut by $1.5 billion, now they're taking $100 million out of another program that creates jobs for the american people. so this is a double header. mr. markey: yeah. they could have taken this money out of the $41 billion worth of tax breaks for the oil and gas industry, but, no, they take it
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out of solar, they take it out of wind. and by the way, wind and solar were the same amount of money but creates five times more jobs than investment in fossil fuels does so they keep the money in for the programs that create three to five times less jobs than the programs they are kneecapping here this evening. that's what this vote is all about. under the guise -- i would be more than willing to yield to the gentleman. mr. rogers: is solyndra part of the revolution that the gentleman's talking about? mr. markey: they will receive no money under this program. who will receive the money? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. dicks: i yield 15 seconds. the program was started under the previous administration, under the bush administration. the last day they tried to force it out, to have it approved, and it was turned down by the good staff of the department of energy. mr. markey: they will not receive a nickel under this program. the oil and gas industry will
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receive that money. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. diaz-balart, a valued member of our committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida voiced for two minutes. mr. diaz-balart: thank you, mr. speaker. what the previous gentleman did not say is that solyndra received $500 million because they have friends in high places, despite even people in this administration said, don't do it, they received $500 million. if that was in a different country we wouldn't call it waste, we would call it corruption. but we won't do that here. the gentleman didn't say that, he talked about the revolution. this cuts $100 million from a program that gain of because of influence, because of friends in
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high places, because of bundlers of campaign contribution funds to a corporation that went bankrupt and laid off 1,000 people after receiving that money. mr. dicks: will the gentleman yield? mr. diaz-balart: of course. mr. dicks: one of the largest investors was wal-mart and wal-mart has a long history of supporting republican candidates. and i'll just say, i'll just say, they've invested i think $300 million or $400 million. there was a lot of private sector investment here, too. mr. diaz-balart: i reclaim my time. mr. dicks: i appreciate it. mr. diaz-balart: despite what you say, sir, despite what the gentleman says, mr. speaker, the previous president, administration, denied the funding for solyndra because they knew it was a scam, regardless of anything elts. this administration did that -- else this administration did that. the reason we have to support this c.r., let's put politics aside, let's not talk about revolutions of money blown like stimulus money that was blown. the reason this c.r. makes sense
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is because there are people who are suffering from natural disasters, this c.r. funs that program, it helps them out. the reason this is important is because it controls the size and the cost of the federal government that is totally out of control. so no more gimmicks. no more giveaways to friends of friends because high pressure, let's pass the c.r. so we can keep the government rolling, so we can slow down the growth of government and so we can help the victims without corruption and friends in high places. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from washington. the gentleman from washington. mr. dicks: i continue to reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, a valued member of our committee, mr. dent. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for two minutes. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. i too rise in support of this
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continuing resolution. that will fund the government through november 18. it takes care of many of our disaster needs. as you heard from my colleague so eloquently, mr. marino of pennsylvania, you heard about the plight of so many people in towns who are living in the front yard, in the cars. people are broken. communities have been ruined. and so we need to pass this bill. i urge you to support this bill and, you know, i've heard a lot of talk tonight about manufacturing. my dad's family spent 100 years making industrial hardware in pennsylvania. if you really care about manufacturing some of you might have considered voting for a bill last week to allow the nation's largest exporter to open up a billion-dollar facility in the state of south carolina to hire 1,000 people, to make aircraft. if you really want to help manufacturing, you should have voted for that bill. you could also help us in stopping e.p.a.'s assault on the coal industry and on the cement
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industry. i represent the largest cement-producing district in america. these industries are in trouble. and they're under assault by the c.p.a. help us, there will be measures considered here to deal with it. if you truly are concerned about manufacturing, innovation and research, you wouldn't have slapped a 2.3% tax on medical devices that's going to kill tens of thousands of jobs in this country. you make a lot of devices in my part of the world, in pennsylvania, new jersey, we need help. our manufacturers need help. so rather than defending a company out in california that just wasted $500 million, down the drain, taxpayer dollars, over 1,100 people out of work, let's do something to help manufacturers, most importantly let's pass this bill tonight to help so many people who are struggling throughout this country in pennsylvania, new jersey, new york, vermont, the people of the south, joplin, missouri, and elsewhere who have
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been affected by these horrible natural disasters. stand up, do the right thing. vote for this continuing resolution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from washington. mr. dicks: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington continues to reserve. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i yield to mr. womack of arkansas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for two minutes. mr. womack: thank you, mr. speaker, and i thank the distinguished chairman of the appropriations committee for the time. i know the hour is late, it's been a long day, soon we will complete action on this temporary spending measure for 2012. obviously it is work that has to be done. as my friend the distinguished rules committee chairman appropriately quoted earlier this evening, the process has been ugly, it has been messy, but it works. the good news is that most of america has gone to bed and not witness to the bickering and rancor he wased in this chamber. -- witnessed in this chamber. i can only hope when they wake
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up tomorrow we will have done the people's work, funding government beyond october 1, giving necessary funding to the victims of national disasters and doing it in such a way that promotes the kind of fiscal responsibility long demanded by the people of america. it will be sad, indeed tragic, if when the sun comes up tomorrow this congress instead of bringing certainty and relief to those struggling as this c.r. does, but we impose yet another threat of a government shutdown and more uncertainty into an already skeptical populous. this legislation up until yesterday, mr. speaker, had bipartisan support and only because my friends on the other side of the aisle recognized that many on our side preferred much deeper cuts and might be predisposed to opposing the c.r., they pounced on it and quickly, in an instant, that bipartisan support disappeared
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into the bowels of the business as usual. in other words, mr. speaker, it was politics ahead of the people. let's remember that this c.r. we'll vote on in the next few minutes was crafted based on the numbers outlined in the b.c.a. approved in this chamber just a few weeks ago. complete with desperately needed disaster funding reasonably and responsibly offset. i urge my colleagues to support this c.r. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from washington continues to reserve his time. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: may i inquire of the time remaining. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky has nine minutes remaining. the gentleman from washington has 4 3/4 minutes remaining. mr. rogers: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from mississippi, a member of the committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi is recognized for two minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. chairman. i rise in support of this resolution. the question we're debating
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tonight is not whether we give aid and assistance to those of our neighbors that have been hit by serious disasters. we all agree that's the appropriate thing to do. the question is, do we cut spending elsewhere to pay for that assistance? now, what our friends on left have told us is, look, that's not the way we've done it in the past. in fact, week of always done it by just going ahead and spending without any offset. doing it the way we've always done it has put us $14 trillion in debt. what we have to do is exactly what the people of monroe county, mississippi, did on the night of april 26, most families had dreams, they had hopes, they had plans and on april the 27th,
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the tornados hit and their plans changed. . they redirected their spending plans to take care of the disaster. now, if the families in monroe county, mississippi, have done that, they have every reason to expect their government to do the same thing. now we have been told, we need some government program to create jobs. if we will give the american people the assurance that their government is serious about cutting spending like this bill does, we'll give them the confidence to create jobs. if we'll remove the regulatory burdens, american businesses will create jobs. and if we'll give them the assurance that we will not raise taxes, the american economy will thrive and create jobs. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. dicks: i yield our remaining time to the distinguished -- are you going to -- and that's it -- i yield 3 3/4 minutes to mr. hoyer of maryland. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, this is a legislative arena, not a colosseum to attack one another. it is a legislative arena to try to come together to come together and do what the american public expect us to do. there are two cries sees confronting the american people and perhaps three.
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first of all, they are concerned about the fiscal posture of this country. they're right. we need to address that. secondly, they're concerned about jobs. and immediately as the the gentleman from mississippi just pointed out and the gentleman from pennsylvania who spoke earlier, they are concerned about the disasters that have put them at risk. and i suggest to you the people in your district and in my district who don't have a job who aren't sure how they are going to pay their mortgage or buy food tomorrow, believe that they, too, have been confronted with a disaster. they want us to deal with all three of those items and yes, perhaps more. many of you have stood on this
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floor and said, we need to act now to help these people who have been the victims of hurricanes of quakes, of fires, of floods. now if you want to act now, what you bring to this floor is a bill that is not controversial, so it does not get mired in this bickering back and forth because we care deeply about responding now. this bill has never enjoyed bipartisan support from my perspective and i told your whip that on tuesday. there was no surprise. we believe strongly that the provision that you have put in this bill is detrimental to working people and the expansion ofure economy. you perhaps do not agree on
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that. perhaps we have a legitimate item of disagreement. and so if you were really concerned about those flood victims, about those hurricane victims, you would have taken that out and met that issue another day. but you chose not to do that. you chose to continue the partisan path of placing at risk the continuing funding of government through november 18, which you have all expressed the desire to do and jobs, not the democrats say are advantaged by the provisions you want to strike, but the chamber of commerce and the national association of manufacturers. they say it puts jobs at risk. your folks in pennsylvania, i tell my friend, will not be
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helped if this bill continues to be mired in partisan differences and you knew there was a partisan difference and notwithstanding that, you brought it back to this floor. i understand that some of you were concerned that this was $1.043 trillion rather than $1.09 trillion. that's been changed for you and i'm sure all your tea party friends are going to be enthusiastic that for 4/10 of a percent, you have changed your vote. my, my, my, 4/10 of a percent, that's the difference in this bill. my friends, americans need our help. they don't need republican or democratic help, they need all of our help. they need it now.
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they need it not mired in partisan bickering, as my friends said from arkansas. they need us to come together on that which we can agree, giving our folks help when they need it . now. and i will tell you that the senate determined that there was twice the need, indeed three times the need that you have determined. ladies and gentlemen, let's defeat this bill and let's bring tonight or tomorrow morning, a bill that i guarantee you will pass overwhelmingly in this house. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will also remind the members to direct their comments to the chair. mr. hoyer: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky. the chair recognizes the
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gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i yield myself the balance of the time. mr. rogers: this is a simple bill. this is a bridge to get us until november 18 to continue the government basically as is until that time to give us time to work with the senate to put together the funding for all of fiscal 2012. norm dicks and i started out this year agreeing that we wanted to restore regular order to the appropriation its committee and the process. and we have worked in that regard. the committee has dealt with 11 of the 12 appropriations bills. six of them you have had a chance on the floor to amend and pass, which you have. unfortunately, our brethren across the capitol have been a little bit slow. and they passed one bill.
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which necessitated that we do something to continue the government while we try to work with them to bring them along on their bills and fund fiscal 2012. this bill started out as a bipartisan bill. we worked to make it so. but along the way on the eastbound of the bill, all of a sudden, we were confronted with a partisan attack from this side of the aisle and we had no choice but to respond. but still yet, this is a bipartisanly constructed bill. it doesn't attack anyone.
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the homeland security bill that passed the body, you will recall , carried the provision that required that the billion dollars in that bill for fema would be offset from the automobile account that's been discussed. that passed this body on a bipartisan vote. many democrats voted for it, joining republicans. no one raised the concern, until this bill came to the floor. and all of a sudden, this great reruption of partisanship on that side of the aisle, which i am very sad about, but we'll muddle through, this is a good bill. it funds your government at the level that was agreed to by the
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parties in the house, senate and white house, the level that is now the law. it funds us until november 18. and by then we hope to have worked out with our senate brethren and sisters, the funding for the rest of fiscal 2012. so the hour is late, time is short. we have made up our >> the house approved temporary spending 219-203 with $3.6 billion in disaster releaf with offsets including $100 million from an energy loan fund that helped finance solyndra the solar panel manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy. solyndra executives are scheduled to appear before a
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husba house subcommittee today. their attorneys have said they will invoke their fifth amendment rights. online coverage will be on span 3 at 9:00 a.m. eastern. >> william jennings brian one of the best known speakers of his time and first politician to campaign from the becomes of railroad cars and automobile ran for president three times and lost but changed political history. he is one of the 14 men feathered in the new series. it is friday 8:00 eastern. learn more about the series and upcoming program at c-span.or c-span.org/thecontenders. >> in a few moments the headlines and calls live on "washington journal." the house of representatives will be back in session in a couple of hours at 9:00 eastern to continue work on amendments to a bill regarding

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